Around 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 31st, a charter bus carrying 42 members of the Morehouse University marching band ran off the shoulder of I-75, flipped several times, and finally came to a rest approximately 30 feet from the roadway. There were numerous injuries reported and one Morehouse band member sustained serious injuries in the bus wreck. Several students were rushed to local hospitals and all but one were released after treatment and evaluation.
What caused this bus accident? Right now, it appears to be a mix of unlucky rainy weather conditions and poor highway driving. Preliminary investigations reveal that the bus driver tried to avoid another vehicle that cut into his lane and then lost control of the bus on the slick, rain-drenched pavement. Morehouse president Robert Franklin put it best when he said that Saturday “was a frightening day…but thank God not a tragic day.”
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In the interim, the investigation into exactly what happened and why will continue in the coming days and weeks ahead. One of the latest concerns deals whether the bus driver invloved was even allowed to be driving the bus in the first place.
The bus company, Superior Transportation Group, is one of a dozen bus carriers the Georgia Public Service Commission lists as being unauthorized to operate within the state.
The PSC listed a 2008 complaint against the company and said Superior was among the list of 12 charter companies the Commission believes are operating in Georgia "without the lawful authority necessary to legally conduct intrastate transportation of passengers and their luggage."
And Morehouse officials on Monday said the school never contracted with the company to transport the band on Saturday.
"Morehouse College hired Adventure Bus Charter and Tours Inc., based in Sumiton, Ala.," spokeswoman Toni O’Neal Mosley said in a statement released Monday. "We are conducting an internal investigation to determine how Superior Transportation Group, Inc. in Atlanta, was involved."
Mosley said the school’s internal investigation is looking into just what company or organization was operating the bus during the accident.
We wish all the best for the band members involved and their families during this very difficult time.
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